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Biden seeks to boost fuel economy to thwart Trump rollback

Aug. 05, 2021 06:18 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Biden administration wants automakers to raise gas mileage and cut tailpipe pollution between now and model year 2026, and it has won a voluntary commitment Thursday from the industry that electric vehicles comprise up to half of U.S. sales by the end of the decade. ...

Raging wildfire destroys much of California Gold Rush town

Aug. 05, 2021 07:09 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire tore through a Northern California mountain town, leaving much of the downtown in ashes as crews braced for another explosive run of flames in the midst of dangerous weather. The Dixie Fire, swollen by bone-dry vegetation...

Forest fires rage in Greece, threaten Olympics birthplace

Aug. 05, 2021 06:25 AM EDT

LIMNI, Greece (AP) — One of the major forest fires burning in Greece amid a protracted heat wave threatened the archaeological site at the birthplace of the modern Olympics as the Greek military prepared Thursday to increase its involvement in preventing new blazes from raging out of...

Fire that reached Turkey power plant contained, others burn

Aug. 05, 2021 04:57 AM EDT

MUGLA, Turkey (AP) — A wildfire that reached the compound of a coal-fueled power plant in southwest Turkey and forced nearby residents to flee in boats and cars was contained on Thursday after raging for some 11 hours, officials and media reports said. Strong winds...

Virginia House, Senate pass Democratic spending plan

Aug. 05, 2021 04:31 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House and Senate gave initial approval Wednesday to budget legislation allocating billions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief money, each passing slightly different bills that lawmakers will have to reconcile. Legislators started...

WVa regulators OK rate increase for AEP subsidiaries

Aug. 05, 2021 04:09 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia utility regulators have approved a rate increase request for two American Electric Power subsidiaries. The request granted Wednesday by the state Public Service Commission will allow Appalachian Power Co. and Wheeling Power Co. to...

Worst-Case Scenario: Firms wrestle with supply bottlenecks

Aug. 05, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toy maker Eric Poses created a card game last year he called The Worst-Case Scenario, a wry reference to the way the coronavirus had upended normal life. He had no idea. In a twist that Poses never could have predicted, his game...

Worst-Case Scenario: Firms wrestle with supply bottlenecks

Aug. 05, 2021 03:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toy maker Eric Poses created a card game last year he called The Worst-Case Scenario, a wry reference to the way the coronavirus had upended normal life. He had no idea. In a twist that Poses never could have predicted, his game...

Fire engulfs Northern California town, leveling businesses

Aug. 05, 2021 01:17 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California’s largest wildfire has leveled much of the downtown and some surrounding homes in a small Northern California mountain community. The Dixie Fire tore through the Greenville on Wednesday evening, destroying businesses and homes as...

Northern California wildfire engulfs small town, levels much of downtown amid increasing fire danger.

Aug. 04, 2021 23:49 PM EDT
GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Northern California wildfire engulfs small town, levels much of downtown amid increasing fire danger.